Weight: 53 g / 1.86 oz
Length: 10.5" Shaft, 2.5" Whorl
Style: Tibetan Spindle
Woods: Bird's Eye Maple, Hard Maple (shaft)
I have been eyeing up these spindles on Ravelry in various Support Spindle groups and they are quite stunning to look at. My sample was fibre that came with the spindle from Wild Hair Studio in the colourway "Gandalf the Grey" which is a blend of natural coloured wool and pygora fibre from thier farm with luxury add-ins.
You can see here that my Bird Eyes in this maple are almost non-existent :( Kinda dissapointed with that.
Once it arrived, I was happy to see that it was packed carefully and the included fibre is always a bonus. The craftsmanship that goes into the Mirkwood spindles is apparent but when I pulled this spindle from its box, it felt a little clunky. The whorl is a solid block of wood with not much detail - this isn't a bad thing. It is one of my heavier supported spindles and as a result it is a slow spinner. Once I had some spun fibre on the shaft, it did make the spinning process much easier and I am very happy with the yarn I spun using it.
The length of the shaft is just at the perfect height for me to sit and spin comfortably. There is some shaping to the shaft which is pleasing to the eye and helpful in the fact that the dip near the base of the shaft helps with yarn management when you are first starting to spin your skein and the taper at the opposite end gives a good spot to flick the spindle into motion without getting in the way of the already spun single.
Length of spin: 37.6 (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Quite Good
Looks: Kinda plain but the crown adds beauty
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Mirkwood has some very beautiful spindles. They have done a great job of providing a unique niche of spindles that centralize around the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings. I don't think I would want to wait another 10 weeks for one but I wouldn't hesitate about giving another one a try. They are a bit different to get used to but they would make good travel spindles and they are very well made. When looking at the different styles, I would pay close attention to shaft length and whorl shape so that you know your spindle will cover your needs/wants and work the way you are expecting. It is fun to choose a crystal for the crown and Tibor does come out with some very fancy designs. Keep your eyes on Mirkwoods, there is a spindle style for everyone.